Can Coffee Help Reduce the Risk of Skin Cancer?

Java drinkers rejoice! Coffee can do more than just help you get your day started.

New research from the National Institutes for Health – American Association of Retired Persons, supported by the Yale-National Cancer Institute, has found that people who drink more coffee have a lower risk of skin cancer. That's right, people who consumed at least four cups of caffeinated coffee per day had a lower risk of malignant melanoma when compared with people who had less than one cup of coffee a day. 

In fact, of the over 400k participants in the research, those who drank the most coffee had a 20 percent lower risk of malignant melanoma. So what's the correlation? Apparently coffee helps mitigate the damage to skin cells caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, the researchers say. 

This doesn't mean that you should start drinking only coffee and laying freely out in the sun. The best protection from skin cancer is staying out of the sun as much as possible and always protecting your skin with SPF and antioxidants.